[Verse 3: Joey Badass]
The 17-year-old Brooklyn rapper Joey BADA$$ doesn’t sound like his contemporaries. The handful of young rappers with tread, most notably Chicago’s Chief Keef or the recently returned-from-exile prince of Odd Future, Earl Sweatshirt, make music with pomp and bombast, as aggressive as it is catchy. But the kind of music Joey BadA$$ makes hasn’t sounded contemporary since the mid-1990s, or around the time he was born.
In 2010, at 15, Joey uploaded a video of himself freestyling to YouTube. The video was re-posted on to American hip-hop site World Star Hip Hop and caught the attention of Jonny Shipes, the president of Cinematic Music Group and manager of Big KRIT & Smoke DZA. Shipes contacted Joey through Twitter and shortly became his manager. The Pro.Era collective have since signed with the label.
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